OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (34) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
36
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (13) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Anxious mood (18) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Pain (9)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Dizziness 12 more
Total evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 13 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (34) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Emotional distress 2 more
Total evaluations
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Apathy Agitation 10 more
Total evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Cramps in legs 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (13) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 17 more
Total evaluations
15
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning sensation in mouth Excessive appetite 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Tiredness
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Anxious mood (18) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Rapid weight gain 10 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Pain (9)
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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 54
20s 731
30s 1,120
40s 1,068
50s 696
60s 281
70+ 66
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,125
20-29 years 288
30-39 years 149
40-49 years 69
50-59 years 14
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,099
Not Diagnosed 1,795

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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